English League 1

Grayson hails backroom team

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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:14:00

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was encouraged by Brian Stock's performance as a deep-lying playmaker during the goalless npower Championship draw with Middlesbrough.

Stock replaced knee-injury victim Ross Wallace in the Clarets starting line-up, necessitating a change of shape, and sat at the base of the midfield behind Chris McCann and Dean Marney.

The former Doncaster man's range of passing helped to keep Burnley on the front foot for the majority of the contest, particularly in the first half when full-back Kieran Trippier and winger Junior Stanislas posed a persistent threat down the right flank.

"You always try and put yourself in the other manager's shoes and we felt that they might come and bank up a little bit," Dyche said after an ultimately frustrating evening at Turf Moor.

"So we wanted to play and use that ammunition from a quarter-back situation where you can fire passes, and Stocky can do that.

"He did at times and Tripps got in some good positions, Junior got in some good positions, we managed to get good quality into the box but they defended well as a team and they made it very difficult."

Grayson was appointed as North End's new manager on Monday, when it was confirmed Glyn Snodin, his number two at Leeds and Huddersfield, would be installed as assistant boss.

John Dreyer, a member of the coaching team Graham Westley brought to Deepdale last January, took caretaker charge for the Lilywhites' 2-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend and he will retain his coaching role as Grayson looks to gain a full understanding of his inherited squad

"Glyn's somebody I've known since I was 17 at Leeds - I was an apprentice, he was there as a first-team player," he said.

"He's got the experience of working at Charlton, West Ham and Southampton, assistant manager at Northern Ireland. It was a great experience having him with me at Leeds and Huddersfield."

On Dreyer, Grayson added: "I think it's important for John to stay on because he's a good football man, he knows about the football club and it would be a bit remiss of me to go in cold and not know anything about what makes the players tick.

"He's obviously seen them. He knows the good points of them, the bad points of them and I'm looking forward to working with him."

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